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The government unequally distributes vaccines to 24 municipalities

The government has decided: 24 municipalities will receive more vaccines, 23 municipalities will receive as before – and the rest will have to give doses. Check what applies to your municipality here.


On Wednesday evening, Minister of Health Bent Høie said that the government is in favor of unequally distributing vaccines, ie giving more vaccines to certain municipalities, as the National Institute of Public Health has recommended.

A prerequisite for achieving this has been that the municipalities that have to give up vaccine doses to make this possible, would have the opportunity to make up for the delay by vaccinating more at the end of July – ie during the holidays.

166 municipalities have answered that they can – while 56 municipalities are unsure, according to a survey conducted by the Norwegian Directorate of Health with the help of state administrators around the country.

The decision means that more municipalities must give vaccine doses – while 24 municipalities that have had persistently high infection pressure will get more. Trondheim and Kristiansand are among the 23 municipalities that do not have to give vaccine doses, but are allocated vaccine doses as before.

These municipalities receive several doses

These municipalities will receive a 60 per cent increase in the proportion of vaccine doses until everyone over the age of 18 has been offered a vaccine:

Rælingen, Ullensaker, Enebakk, Lillestrøm, Drammen, Nordre Follo, Fredrikstad, Nannestad, Bærum, Lier, Skien, Eidsvoll, Ås, Vestby, Nittedal, Råde, Indre Østfold, Rakkestad, Asker, Halden and Nesodden.

These municipalities receive an increase in the proportion of vaccine doses of about 40 percentage points since they have been skewed several vaccine doses before:

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Oslo, Sarpsborg, Fredrikstad and Lørenskog.

Nesodden was not included in FHI’s first draft of which municipalities should receive more vaccine doses – but was included in the next and could cheer.

These municipalities do not have to give away vaccines

Aurskog-Høland, Bamble, Bergen, Frogn, Færder, Gjerdrum, Holmestrand, Horten, Hurdal, Kongsberg, Kristiansand, Lunner, Marker, Moss, Nes, Porsgrunn, Ringerike, Sandefjord, Skiptvet, Stavanger, Trondheim, Tønsberg and Øvre Eiker.

The municipality that is not on either this list or the list of municipalities that receive several doses must therefore give up vaccine doses. There are a total of 309 municipalities, and they will receive about 35 percent fewer doses.

Feel free to check your municipality in the map at the top of this case.

Got the first recommendation for skewed distribution in April

– You received a recommendation at the end of April where FHI said that it was urgent to implement the skewed distribution. Why has this taken so long?

– The assessment we received then was not complete. It also says in the answer for FHI. It was not a description of the consequences of the other municipalities, which has been very important. In reality, there is talk of a one-week delay, the Minister of Health answers VG’s questions.

– It is very easy to know what it means for the municipalities that receive, but it was important to know what it means for the municipalities that give vaccines.

– How much faster will we be able to reopen because we skew vaccines?

– We will not be able to find a date for this in any reopening plan. But this is one of the factors that allows us to open up earlier, Høie answers.

166 agreed to vaccinate extra during the holidays

Last week, the government advocated that the vaccination strategy be changed so that 24 municipalities that have had a high infection pressure for a long time receive 60 per cent more doses than they would otherwise receive until everyone over the age of 18 has been offered a vaccine.

An important prerequisite for this has been that it is ensured that the municipalities that receive fewer doses in June and the beginning of July have the capacity to take this again in the latter part of July.

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On a number of municipalities have already expressed their opposition against this as a result of them, among other things, having problems obtaining vaccinators.

In a survey conducted by the State Administrator on behalf of the Norwegian Directorate of Health, 166 out of 266 municipalities answered that they would be able to vaccinate extra in weeks 29–31. In addition, 56 municipalities are unsafe, but the Norwegian Directorate of Health expects that these municipalities will also be able to vaccinate extra with planning and extra resources.

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